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Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
BMW's April Fool's Day Hoaxes
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
The Atlantic Tunnel -- April Fool's Day, 2004
An elaborate website appeared online announcing that an Atlantic Tunnel connecting the UK and the US (and running beneath the entire width of Ireland) would be opening in September 2009: "The world is about to witness the dawn of a new era of trans-continental travel. It has taken 63 years to complete the 3261 miles of tunnel from Swansea to New Jersey. In 2009, that same journey will take passengers and their vehicles just 8 hours and 20 minutes." The site also featured a competition to win a trip on the first train through the tunnel. It's not clear who created the site, or why, but the site was registered to a London ad agency, TBWA/GGT.

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